Dewoitine D.520 French Fighter - 1/72 Scale Diecast Metal Model by Atlas
1:72 Scale Metal Diecast - Dewoitine D.520 French Fighter – Length: 5" Wingspan: 5.5”
This D.520 model is a single seat plane. The cockpit is glue shut. It has no pilot/crew figures included.
This model includes many little parts that need to be assembled in place. The landing gear is optional, the pieces for the extended landing gear are included as well as the wheel well covers to display the model in flight. The propeller needs to be assembled in place as well as other little antennas. The assembly needed is very simple, but due to the small pieces, patience and skill are needed.
THE SCOOP AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PLANE IS INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE DISPLAY STAND.
If one wants to mount the model on the display stand, the scoop at the bottom of the plane needs to be removed as it interferes with the display stand.
This is really a "no-play" model or a "display-only" model. It is mostly metal with plastic parts. It also has a number of antennas which look great but are very fragile. The box is labeled as not suitable for children under 14.
The maker of this model did a good job, specifically the color scheme and the markings are very crisp and clear. The panel lines and hatches are very nicely done (engraved).
This model comes in a box that measures 6.25 inches by 6.25 inches by 2 inches.
The Dewoitine D.520 was a French fighter aircraft that entered service in early 1940, shortly after the beginning of the Second World War.
The D.520 was designed in response to a 1936 requirement from the French Air Force for a fast, modern fighter with a good climbing speed and an armament centred on a 20 mm cannon. At the time the most powerful V 12 liquid-cooled engine available in France was the Hispano-Suiza 12Y, which was less powerful, but lighter than contemporary engines such as the Rolls-Royce Merlin and Daimler-Benz DB 601. Other fighters were designed to meet the specifications but none of them entered service, or entered service in small numbers, too late to play a significant role during the Battle of France.